Friday, 30 May 2008

Saturday, 17 May 2008

Saturday 17th May 2008

THE MAN IN THE HAT HAS BEEN FOLLOWING US AROUND ALL SEASON....who is he? Answers on a Post card please!!!

Kimberley Town v Newark Flowserve CML Premier Division

Our last game of season 2007-2008 also turned out to be the final game of the CML season - in the other game scheduled for a 1pm kick off, Sutton's opponents Stanton were unable for field a team so Sutton were handed the three points by default!

It was mentioned in conversation on Weds that the Stanton lads had a wedding to go to, so no surprise they failed to get a team together.

One or two hoppers were not at all pleased, but at least when they diverted to the Stag ground, they got there to discover the kick off had been delayed until 12:30pm as Flowserve arrived a little late...

We arrived at 11:45am - and there were quite a few people already inside the ground. Not a lot of local football available at this stage of the season!

Noticable that the "big lad" keeper was not on the team sheet, but his replacement was soon picking the ball out of the net - Callum Martin heading home in the 6th minute. Kimberley kept up the pressure, but we had to wait until the half-hour mark for their second goal - Abdul Ahmed taking his time before firing home from 10 yards.
Four minutes later it was 3-0, Kieren Cooper surprising everyone by hitting a 20 yard left foot curler past the visiting keeper - apparently he rarely scores, and when he does they are usually right-foot tap ins!!
H-T 3-0

Kimberley seemed to lose the plot in the second half, and invited Flowserve forward - and there were a few nerves when Joe Sharpe reduced the Newark deficit. However, any nerves were settled when a free-kick was prodded home by Emanuel Brianto to restore the home teams three goal advantage. F-T 4-1

Players, officals and spectators all observed a 2 minutes silence in memory of CML Referee Secretary Andrew Bandelow who sadly passed away on Friday.

Admission £2

Programme £1 ( thanks Danny!)
Attendance -- first half head count 60 -- second half head count 80 ( a few late arrivals from the Sutton game? )....

Convinced Kev to do a walk aorund the perimeter of the pitch while we were wating for the kick-off.....this turned out to be one of my less-inspired ideas -- we both ended up with very sodden feet -- the grass was a little bit wet behind the top goal!!

Thoroughly enjoyed the visit to the Stag again...this will be on the list for a visit or two next season.


Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Wednesday 14th May 2008

Stanton Ilkeston v Kimberley Town CML Premier Division

Arrrggghhh....fourth game in 5 days .......................and it was bloody cold again!!

Apparently Stanton have been a bit of an easy touch lately, but a makeshift Kimberley side found them much too hot to handle. This had been billed as the last game ever on this ground, but it would be a waste, because with a few bob spent on it this could be a decent set-up.

Only about 20 people in attendance - UEFA cup final / Hull v Watford looked more attractive to me as well, but Kev's former colleague is still in Town and he needed to get out of his hotel room... any excuse!!!!!

Stanton were not expected to win this encounter, but Kimberley were poor - I know it was a team scratched together, but even they will admit they were below par..

Stanton took the lead on 17, a defence splitting pass finding no. 11 who calmly slotted home. In the 21st minute the home team doubled their advantage - a header from no. 9 after the keeper had pushed a shot onto the bar. H-T 2-0

It was 3-0 on 67, the no. 10 jacket strolling through a static Kimberley defence before rounding the keeper and firing home. 2 minutes later no. 6 made it 4-0 and it was 5-0 when no. 11 crashed the ball home in the 85th minute. With the final kick of the game no.10 added his second, Stanton's 6th... F-T 6-0

Sorry about being so vague ref the scorers... I have no idea who was who on the pitch !!

This was far from being a classic, with both teams seemingly happy just to get the fixture out of the way... still, another night out, another 6 goals...that is 23 goals in the last 4 games - can't be bad!!

£2 to get in, £1 for a programme - this was stapled all over the place -- with sheets added after final assembly I think....

FINAL GAME OF THE SEASON -- Saturday we get to see Kimberley again - this time at home to Newark Flowserve. We saw Flowserve get hammered 7-0 at Sutton last week - we have just seen Kimberley lose 6-0 -- what's the odds on a goal-less draw on Saturday!!!!

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Tuesday 13th May 2008

Blidworth Welfare v Calverton MW CML Premier Division

Paid our first visit to Blidworth to see them take on Calverton - Calverton needing the win to ensure runners spot would be theirs. Not been to Blidworth for many years, we used to play YEFL rep squad games there - back in the dim and distant past....pleasant enough set-up... very nice view, but needs the odd lick of paint. Last time we saw Calvo, they destroyed Thorne Colliery 9-0 - we didn't think this game was going that easy, but when they missed a sitter in the first minute, we did begin to wonder.

As it happened, it took just 5 minutes for Ben Middleton to open the scoring - a tap in after the ball was played across goal from the right. Blidworth settled down and made a game of it - both teams were displaying some good touches, and it was not until four minutes from the break that Calverton increased their lead -- this time Warren Hatfield firing past Frost in the home net. Blidworth pulled one back in the minute of added time, Vincent's shot from the edge of the box beating the despairing dive of the Calverton stopper. H-T 1-2

Normally a goal near the break gives a team a boost - it did this time, but it was the visitors who upped their game, netting twice in the first four minutes of the second period. After a great save from Frost, Baz Paine was left with a loose ball tap in to make it 1-3, then Middleton netted his second, yet another close range tap in. It stayed at 1-4 until the 85th minute when Hatfield rounded Frost to score the visitors fifth. F-T 1-5

£2 to get in - no programmes left when we got to the ground -- flippin hoppers took em all !!

Kev's mate Rob was in town on business from Scotland - staunch Dunfermline fan... He was a little surprised with the quality of football the teams turned out - well impressed. Looks like he may be hooked - he is planning on taking in the Stanton Ilkeston game with Kimberley....

Weds -- Stanton Ilson v Kimberley Tn

Monday, 12 May 2008

Monday 12th May 2008

Wollaton Res v Basford Utd Res -- NSL Junior Cup final

Bit of a treat is Monday night football....but I'll tell you what, by the end of extra-time and penalties it was bloody freezing...I have never left a ground so quickly to get home!!!!

Anyway this was a chance to see Notts Senior League teams in action for the first time this season, and I have to say the 90 minutes regulation were okay.... nothing brilliant, but seen worse....last Wednesday comes to mind...

Having never seen either team, your first thought is who is who - then you see the crest on the blue shirt is Wollaton Hall -- kind of gave it away really!!

Basford took the lead on 18, their no. 9 drew the defenders to him then whipped the ball across the goal where his strike partner J. Manders was waiting to stroke home. It was level after 36, a corner fired in - a glancing header from Wolly skipper Dean Hind, with the 6' 6" keeper shouting that the ball was his!! Oh no, it wasn't....H-T 1-1

Wollaton took the lead on 65, Peach winning a race against his marker and slotting past Palethorpe in the Basford goal. 90 seconds later it was all level.

This you had to see to believe -- a
shot from the Wollaton no.10 ended up spinning back towards his own half -- the Basford right winger raced onto the ball and crossed into the box where Manders was waiting to loop a header over Wollaton keeper Elliott....!! F-T 2-2
Extra-time and freezing.. 2-2

Penalties --
WOLLATON won 3-2 on penalties - apparently

Tuesday - CMLP Blidworth v Calverton....

Sunday, 11 May 2008

Extra game -- Kimberley Tn v Newark Flowserve

Saturday 17th May...

This was going to be missed because it clashed with the F.A. Cup final -- now, thanks to Newark Flowserve agreeing to a 12 noon kick off, we can watch this and get home in plenty of time to catch the Cup Final !!

Will be match number 78 of the season....

Saturday, 10 May 2008

Saturday 10th May 2008

Sutton Town AFC v Newark Flowserve -- CML Premier Division

The "bearded wonder" and Sutton Manager Danny Bryant
( which one is concentrating on the game? )

Big lad !!
Very big!!

As a contest, this was over after 15 minutes... that's how long it took Sutton to hit three goals past one of the widest goalkeepers we have ever seen!!
Apparently the Newark regular keeper has been out injured for a while - and Sutton took full advantage of the fact that the replacement struggled to deal with anything they hit at him.

We had to wait until the 11th minute for Town to open the scoring, James Senior crashing a right foot shot past the hapless keeper.
4 minutes later, the same player had a try from 22 yards with his left foot - same result.

On 16, Lane netted after the keeper ( surprise, surprise ) failed to hold on to a long range effort.
It was 4-0 after 36, a header looping slowly over the keeper -- he tried to get to it, bless him, but jumping was never going to be an option for him!! A 30 yard free-kick ended the first half scoring. H-T 5-0
More evenly contested start to the second period, but the heat was telling on everyone -- blimey, it was hot!!

It took 20 minutes for the Snipes to add to their total Luke Shiels belting one past the "big lad" from the edge of the box. The same player added the 7th with 5 minutes to go - a lovely move ended with a superb right wing cross and a classy diving header. F-T 7-0

Great day out in the sunshine... Danny Bryant has high hopes for his young team - they will finish fourth in the League at worst - should be enough to earn them promotion to the Supreme Division.

Tuesday night -- we were supposed to go to watch Blidworth v Calverton, but Sutton made such an impression on us both, that we may end up at the Fieldings again to see them take on League Champions Ollerton Town.. we'll see.....